MSNBC Tops CNN In Primetime In August; Fox News Demo Ratings Plunge

After months of grim ratings, MSNBC finally got some decent news in August.

The network beat CNN in primetime in both total viewers (545,000 to 467,000) and the all-important A25-54 demo (149,000 to 133,000). In addition, nearly all of its prime time shows beat their CNN counterparts, and its morning show, "Morning Joe," topped CNN's "New Day."

There were trouble spots for MSNBC, starting with "All In With Chris Hayes," which is still lagging behind at 8 PM. Hayes recently admitted that his ratings have been "bad." CNN also managed to top MSNBC in total day and grow its ratings substantially from its dismal 2012 numbers, whereas MSNBC had a 44 percent drop in the primetime demo category and 43 percent in the total viewer category. If those trends continue, CNN will likely top MSNBC again soon.

Things were definitely not so fun at Fox News. Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity saw their lowest demo numbers since August of 2001, as did the network's entire prime time lineup.



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